Half A Million Children 'Wrongly' Diagnosed With Asthma May Be Receiving Unnecessary Treatment, Study Reveals

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Half A Million Children 'Wrongly' Diagnosed With Asthma May Be Receiving Unnecessary Treatment, Study Reveals

Post by Guest on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:02 am

More than half of children diagnosed with asthma do not have the condition and are receiving unnecessary treatment, new research suggests. Despite more than one million children being treated for the condition in the UK, a Dutch study claims GPs do not always perform the tests which can confirm a child has asthma, leading to over-diagnosis. Researchers used a retrospective analysis, from health care centres in Utrecht, of 652 children aged six to 18 years old who had previously been diagnosed with asthma.


The results, published in the British Journal of General Practice, showed more than half (53.5%) of the children diagnosed with asthma showed signs and symptoms which made it "unlikely" they had the condition.



http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/26/doctors-over-diagnosing-asthma-in-children_n_9324638.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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Re: Half A Million Children 'Wrongly' Diagnosed With Asthma May Be Receiving Unnecessary Treatment, Study Reveals

Post by Original Quill on Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:04 am

I wholeheartedly support this thesis.  Pediatricians are too quick to find the easy way out.  Call it the flu...if that doesn't work, call it asthma.  

There are certain junk 'sick-bins' that physicians toss certain patterns of symptoms into, just to get on.

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